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Steve Jobs and Me

 He said my 1971 article inspired him. His iBook obsessed me.

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Will Robots Steal Your Job?

If you're taking a break from work to read this article, I've got one question for you: Are you crazy? I know you think no one will notice, and I know that everyone...

Not Sharing Is Caring
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Not Sharing Is Caring

Mark Zuckerberg wants you to share. He doesn't much care if you want to share. Sharing, in Zuckerberg's view, has morphed from an affirmative act—that video was...

Can Brain Research Keep US Safe?
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Can Brain Research Keep US Safe?

Human conflict is often associated with the emergence of a new science or technology. The Civil War's Gatling gun changed battlefield tactics and led to modern...

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Captcha Talks Back

What if CAPTCHA messed with you even more than it already does?

Ben Fry, Information Designer
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Ben Fry, Information Designer

In the golden age of data visualization, he helps designers think like programmers, and vice versa.

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Apple Will Do Amazingly Well Without Steve Jobs

On Thursday morning, shares of Apple are going to plummet. As a journalist who covers the company, I'm ethically restricted from investing. But you're not, and...

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What Constitutes an Act of Cyberwar?

Before we get to that, there's a clue in the spelling of the word: cyberwar instead of cyber war. The U.S. Defense Department has determined that cyber is a fifth...

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The Death of Booting Up

Remember "booting up"? It was the first thing you did every morning—you waited two minutes, three minutes, sometimes even longer while your computer ran through...

Director of Mit's Personal Robots Group on Designing Robots that Will Be Useful in Our Everyday Lives
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Director of Mit's Personal Robots Group on Designing Robots that Will Be Useful in Our Everyday Lives

It's all about human-robot interaction in this more interpersonal sense, like you saw in Star Wars. Until then, the way we reacted with robots was [by] remote...

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Google's Instant Pages and the Joys of a Computer that Can Read Your Mind

Chrome is reading my mind. When I type a search query in Google's Web browser, it offers me the most likely results right in the address bar. It doesn't justWikipedia...

David Ferrucci, Lead Researcher of Ibm's Watson Project
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David Ferrucci, Lead Researcher of Ibm's Watson Project

How do you improve on a computer that beat the world's best Jeopardy! players? Have Watson team up with humanity.

Why Twitter Should Double Its Character Limit
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Why Twitter Should Double Its Character Limit

Five years ago this month, Twitter opened itself up to the public. The new service, initially called Twttr, was born out of software engineer Jack Dorsey's fascination...

Why Facebook Can't Match Ravelry, the Social Network For Knitters
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Why Facebook Can't Match Ravelry, the Social Network For Knitters

The best social network you've (probably) never heard of is one-five-hundredth the size of Facebook. It has no video chat feature, it doesn't let you check in...

Has Facebook Peaked?
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Has Facebook Peaked?

Facebook's active user base grew by only 1.7% in May. That's about half its usual growth rate, and it came after similarly slow growth in April. According to Inside...

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Weiner's Law

The Web makes it easier than ever to cheat—and easier than ever for cheaters to get caught.

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Let in the Super-Immigrants!

The best way to improve the U.S. economy fast is to poach entrepreneurs from the rest of the world. So why do we make it so difficult for them to immigrate?

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Will Amazon's Recent Server Failures Slow the Rise of Cloud Computing?

Last Thursday morning around 5 a.m. eastern time, Amazon suffered a major data center outage. These sorts of outages happen now and then, but they seldom makewhy...

No More Privacy Paranoia
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No More Privacy Paranoia

Want Web companies to stop using our personal data? Be ready to suffer the consequences.

Have Computers Made Architects Less Disciplined?
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Have Computers Made Architects Less Disciplined?

We generally assume that technological advances save time, boost efficiency, increase productivity, and so on. Once we get used to the latest conveniences, we...
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